I’ve written about the MacGregor 26 sailboat several times (check the archives in the green bar) and it occurred to me maybe you’d like to have a ‘check list’ so to speak for raising the mast. So here’s my best memory of raising the mast on our MacGregor 26 sailboat.
This is really important! Do Not let go of the mast raising line until you have secured the mast in an upright position by either the headstay or roller furling or the mast may fall. If it does fall…get out of the way! Fiberglass damage can be repaired, heads can’t.
While raising the mast watch for sheets or standing rigging hanging up on something. We had trouble with the backstay often. The favorite spot was at the top of the mast; it always seemed to want to ‘kink’ right there. Also check out the air space above you before you start setting up to raise the mast. Power lines or fir trees can really be a pain.
So there you have it, my check list for raising the MacGregor 26 sailboat mast. Best of luck, we got pretty quick at it. MacGregor26 part one. I hope you found this helpful and if you did then buy me a beer!
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MacGregor Sailboat part one on May 12th, 2008 at 8:08 pm #
[…] She was a MacGregor ‘trailer-sailor’ so we knew we’d have to step the mast (raise it) before going out on the water. There was roller furling and it seemed as if there were never ending wires for the standing rigging. She came with a ‘mast raising system’ that was a 4:1 block and tackle but we kind of stood there scratching our heads as to how to use it since she didn’t come with an instruction book (want a checklist for raising it?). […]
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